Troy, Mo. - The people of Troy came out to celebrate the holiday season for the annual Night of 1,000 Stars Christmas celebration.

The event took place on Dec. 4 on Historic Main Street from five to eight in the evening. The night kicked off with a tree lighting ceremony at 5:30. The Grinch, Santa and Mrs. Claus were escorted to the ceremony on Kemper-Keim Family Funeral Chapel’s 1934 Fire Truck. After the ceremony, the three special guests headed on to Mustard Seed Rentals and Events for photos.

Also following the tree lighting ceremony was an opportunity to listen to Christmas carols sung by a kids’ choir. The students gathered on the steps of the courthouse at six to perform the classic Christmas tunes to a large crowd.

Matt Zeiss performed at the event as well and closed out the evening’s festivities with music and a candlelit performance.

“I thought it went great, seemed to be a great turnout,” Zeiss explained. “The closing was neat and moving.”

Zeiss had previously performed at Troy’s Pumpkin Festival that took place in October.

Special Troy Christmas ornaments were handed out to attendees and local businesses and organizations come together for the event. One of the organizations was Girl Scouts Troop #2746; the girl scouts were raising money for the Bronze Award.

“The girls are excited, it’s been really busy. [The girls] were shocked,” said Molly Howard.

The Lincoln County Optimists were another organization that came to celebrate the event. They hosted a “Make-an-Ornament” event for families at the Night of 1,000 Stars. Families could come and make ornaments at

“It was beautiful. We really enjoy it every year. We appreciate that everyone comes to gather, and they even close off the street. We had a wonderful crowd,” Jane Luckett of the Lincoln County Optimists said.

The Troy Downtown Business Association orchestrated the Night of 1,000 Stars event. The event has been done for many years, explained Troy Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rachel South.

“It was very successful. We had the largest turnout I’d seen in years and tons of activities. We had a movie, a horse-drawn carriage, music, the Grinch, Santa; all the works,” said South.